M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust officials said Tuesday they have granted $1.5 million to help Shodair Children’s Hospital build the new hospital now under construction.
“Our benefactor, Jack Murdock, understood the importance of investing in mental health and well-being to help ensure that all individuals can flourish, and communities can thrive,” Jill Lemke, senior director for training and capacity building, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, said in a news release.
Since 1975, the Trust has contributed $101.8 million through 679 grants to nonprofits serving communities in Montana and $1.2 billion combined in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Shodair continues to raise funds for the $66 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year with patients moving into the new hospital at the end of January.
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Shodair officials said this latest tally toward their $14 million fundraising goal now stands at $11.5 million. The project has been the most significant fundraising in Shodair’s history. More than 90% of project dollars will stay in Montana, officials said.
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